Missouri Valley College (NAIA) Adds Men's and Women's Lacrosse

The Missouri Valley College athletics department has announced the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse to the list of varsity athletics offered, beginning in the spring of 2014. Coaches for both programs have been hired.

Kevin Totaro, a native of Fallston, Md. will take the helmofthemen’steam. Raised inHarford County, Totaro graduated from Harford Tech High School in 2004 where he played football and lacrosse earning second
team“all county” lacrosse honors, leading the county in goalsscored and was second in overall points. He attended Harford Community College, playing for the school’s lacrosse team for two years. Totaro then attended Shenandoah University from 2008‐2010, playing Division III lacrosse for the Hornets and serving as senior captain, leading the team in scoring.

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US Lacrosse Releases 2012 Participation Report

BALTIMORE — A record total of 722,205 players competed on organized lacrosse teams in 2012, as reported in the annual US Lacrosse Participation Report released today. The growth rate from last year (683,730) was 5.5 percent, marking the ninth straight year of at least five percent growth.

More than half of the participants (389,275) compete at the youth level, representing a 7.8 percent growth rate from last year. Roughly 65 percent of the youth players are boys, but both genders have seen significant increases in participation in recent years. Over the last five years at the youth level, the number of boys playing has increased 62 percent and the number of girls playing has increased 61 percent.

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UVA Wise (VA D2) Adds Women's Lacrosse

WISE, Va. - It has been announced by Director of Athletics Danny Sterling that The University of Virginia's College at Wise athletics program will be adding Women's Lacrosse for the 2013-14 school year. The Cavaliers currently field 12 NCAA Division II teams. The new program will field a club team in the 2013-2014 academic year. Varsity competition will begin in the fall of 2014. Sterling said the timetable is to start a coaching search for the program later this month with a target date of hiring the coach by late May to early June with a starting date by August 1. "The new coach will start the club program, recruit student-athletes and build the schedule for the 2014-2015 season," said Sterling. "Lacrosse will compete in the Mountain East Conference along with our other 12 varsity sports."

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Wartburg College (DIII Iowa) To Add Women's Lacrosse

WAVERLY, Iowa—Wartburg College will add women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport with plans to begin competition in the spring of 2015. This marks the first new program since men and women’s soccer was added in 1989, bringing Wartburg’s total to 20 varsity teams- 10 each for women and men. NCAA Division III has 215 women’s lacrosse varsity programs.

“Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the Midwest,” said Rick Willis, Wartburg College athletic director. “Offering lacrosse allows us to provide additional participation opportunities while also giving additional high school students another reason to consider attending Wartburg.”

Several other schools in the Central region have recently added lacrosse programs, including the University of Dubuque and Loras College in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The program will compete as an independent program as lacrosse is not an IIAC- sponsored sport. Wartburg will begin the hiring process of a full-time coach this spring.

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